Thomas Morgenstern

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Personal information
Full nameThomas Morgenstern
Born(1986-10-30) 30 October 1986 (age 28)
Austria Spittal an der Drau, Austria
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Professional information
ClubSV Villach
SkisFischer
Personal best232 m (Planica 2011)
World Cup
Seasons2002–14
Wins23 (+1 Ski Flying +16 Team)
Additional podiums53 (+4 Ski Flying +14 Team)
Total podiums76 (+5 Ski Flying +30 Team)
Updated on 26 February 2014.
 
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Thomas Morgenstern Ski jumping pictogram white.svg
Thomas Morgenstern departure to Sochi.jpg
Personal information
Full nameThomas Morgenstern
Born(1986-10-30) 30 October 1986 (age 28)
Austria Spittal an der Drau, Austria
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Professional information
ClubSV Villach
SkisFischer
Personal best232 m (Planica 2011)
World Cup
Seasons2002–14
Wins23 (+1 Ski Flying +16 Team)
Additional podiums53 (+4 Ski Flying +14 Team)
Total podiums76 (+5 Ski Flying +30 Team)
Updated on 26 February 2014.

Thomas Morgenstern (born 30 October 1986) is an Austrian former ski jumper. Having won the world cup twice, the Four Hills Tournament and the Nordic Tournament once each, the Grand Prix three times, and 12 gold medals at world championships and Olympic games, he is one of the most successful contemporary jumpers. After a career spanning twelve years at World Cup level, Morgenstern retired in September 2014.

Personal life[edit]

In 2013 he left his girlfriend of 10 years and went on vacation to Hawaii with his new girlfriend, a physiotherapist.[1] He has a daughter named Lily (born 26 December 2012) with his ex-fiancee.

After winning gold medal individually in Oslo 2011.
Andreas Kofler, Thomas Morgenstern, Adam Małysz in Oslo 2011 – medal ceremony (men individual, normal hill)
Thomas with Austrian team – Gregor Schlierenzauer, Andreas Kofler, Martin Koch in Oslo 2011 (team, normal hill)
Adams Bulls Eye – Thomas Morgenstern, Simon Ammann, Gregor Schlierenzauer
Thomas Morgenstern on World Cup Ski flying in Vikersund 2011
SFC Vikersund 2012 Thomas Morgenstern during the jump.
SFC Vikersund 2012 Thomas Morgenstern after jump.
During te theam competition on 2 March 2013.
Individual competition on World Championship 2013 in Val di Fiemme on large hill.
Medal ceremony at World Championship 2013 in Val di Fiemme (team competition).

Career[edit]

Morgenstern began his ski jumping career in the Continental Cup, winning three events out of four attempts.[2] He made his senior level World Cup debut at the 2002–03 Four Hills Tournament, where he finished 9th in Oberstdorf, 25th in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 9th in Innsbruck and 6th in Bischofshofen; this placed him 10th overall in the final tournament standings. Five days after the end of the tournament, he won his first World Cup event in Liberec.[3] In the following summer, he won the Ski jumping Grand Prix for the first time.[4]

At the start of the 2003–04 season, Morgenstern suffered a violent accident in Kuusamo, in which he was hit by a gust of wind just after takeoff, forcing him to flip over in mid-air and land hard on his back.[5] He only sustained minor injuries, and managed to recover quickly to continue his success. He was second overall to Sigurd Pettersen during most of that season's Four Hills tournament, finally ending up in fourth place. He won his first team medal with a 3rd place at the Ski-Flying World Championships.[6]

In the next season, Morgenstern won gold medals in both team events (normal hill and large hill) at the Nordic World Ski Championships.[7]

During the 2006 Winter Olympics, he won the gold medals in the individual and team large hill competitions.[8] Further, he won the bronze medal in the single event at the Ski-Flying World Championships in Bad Mitterndorf.[6] By ending up as 5th, Morgenstern achieved his best ranking in the world cup so far.[3]

In the 2006–07 season, he won the large hill team event at the Nordic World Ski Championships. Further, by reaching the 3rd place in the normal hill event he won his first individual medal at world championships.[7] As in 2003, Morgenstern won the Ski jumping Grand Prix.[4]

At the beginning of the 2007–08 season, he won the first six competitions, which is an all-time record.[9] With these six wins he also tied the record for most wins in a row, previously set by Janne Ahonen, Matti Hautamäki and Gregor Schlierenzauer.[10] In early 2008, Morgenstern won a gold medal at the Ski-Flying World Championships in Oberstdorf. Morgenstern won the world cup for the first time, 233 points ahead of Gregor Schlierenzauer.

During the 2008–09 season, Morgenstern could not win any competition, but won a team gold medal at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec.[7]

The 2009–10 world cup again was very modest with only two victories. However, Morgenstern won gold medals in the team events at the Ski-Flying World Championships and the 2010 Winter Olympics.[6][8]

The season 2010–11 again started very successful by winning four of the first six competitions. Morgenstern further won the Four Hills Tournament for the first time in this season. In January 2011, he won his first ski flying event in Harrachov, and fixed his second victory of the ski jumping world cup with a 5th place at the ski flying competition in Vikersund on 13 February. At the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo he won gold on the normal hill. It was his first gold medal in an individual event at world championships. In the following he further won gold medals in the team events (normal hill and large hill), both times together with Andreas Kofler, Martin Koch and Gregor Schlierenzauer, as well as the silver medal in the individual large-hill event.

On 10 January 2014 he suffered serious head injuries during training for the ski flying event in Bad Mitterndorf.[11] He recovered in time to take part in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where he placed 14th in the normal hill and 40th in the large hill men's individual ski jumping events.[12]

On September 26, 2014 Morgenstern announced his retirement from competitive ski jumping.[13]

Honours[edit]

Results[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

FIS Ski Flying championships[edit]

World Ski Championships[edit]

Junior World Ski Championships[edit]

World Cup[edit]

Single
SeasonDateCountry/Venue
2002–0311 January 2003Liberec
2005–0610 March 2006Lillehammer
2007–081 December 2007Kuusamo
8 December 2007Trondheim
9 December 2007Trondheim
13 December 2007Villach
14 December 2007Villach
22 December 2007Engelberg
30 December 2007Oberstdorf
2 February 2008Sapporo
3 February 2008Sapporo
8 February 2008Liberec
2009–106 January 2010Bischofshofen
16 January 2010Sapporo
2010–114 December 2010Lillehammer
5 December 2010Lillehammer
17 December 2010Engelberg
18 December 2010Engelberg
29 December 2010Oberstdorf
3 January 2011Innsbruck
9 January 2011Harrachov
2011–126 January 2012Bischofshofen
2013–1414 December 2013Titisee-Neustadt
Team
SeasonDateCountry/Venue
2002–038 March 2003Oslo
2004–0512 February 2005Pragelato
2005–064 March 2006Lahti
2006–0710 March 2007Lahti
2008–097 February 2009Willingen
7 March 2009Lahti
14 March 2009Vikersund
2009–1027 November 2009Kuusamo
2010–1127 November 2010Kuusamo
29 January 2011Willingen
6 February 2011Oberstdorf
12 March 2011Lahti
19 March 2011Planica
2011–1227 November 2011Kuusamo
Single overview
SeasonWCSF4HNT
2002–0320 –1013
2003–046 –49
2004–057 –38
2005–065 –201
2006–076 –417
2007–081 –26
2008–0971888
2009–1031863
2010–11131 –
2011–122

WC: World Cup,
SF: Ski Flying,
4H: Four Hills Tournament,
NT: Nordic Tournament

Summer Grand Prix[edit]

Single
SeasonDateCountry/Venue
200310 August 2003Hinterzarten
200514 August 2005Courchevel
200712 August 2007Hinterzarten
18 August 2007Einsiedeln
24 August 2007Zakopane
201117 July 2011Wisła
20 July 2011Szczyrk
23 July 2011Zakopane
7 August 2011Hinterzarten
13 August 2011Courchevel
Team
SeasonDateCountry/Venue
20039 August 2003Hinterzarten
20044 August 2004Hinterzarten
200711 August 2007Hinterzarten
200826 July 2008Hinterzarten
201122 July 2011Zakopane
6 August 2011Hinterzarten
Single overview
SeasonPlace
20031
20044
20053
200626
20071
20087
200952
20104
20111

Continental Cup[edit]

Single
SeasonDateCountry/Venue
2002–0315 December 2002Lahti
21 December 2002Liberec
22 December 2002Liberec
Single overview
SeasonPlace
2002–0318

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Thomas Vanek
Jürgen Melzer
Austrian Sportsman of the year
2008
2011
Succeeded by
Wolfgang Loitzl
Marcel Hirscher